Shifting Consumer Preference Towards Flexible Packaging to Drive the Growth of the Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Machines Market Segment

The global form-fill-seal machines market is estimated to be valued at approximately US$ 10,031 million in 2019. The market is projected to expand at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period of 2019-2027.

Form-fill-seal machines for thermoformed rigid packaging products, also known as thermoform-fill-seal machines are used for the packaging of food and other consumer products across the globe. Cups and trays for packaging of food products are majorly produced with thermoform-fill-seal machines. Due to the relatively high price of thermoform-fill-seal machines as compared to form-fill-seal machines for flow wraps, small food processing firms are reluctant towards using thermoform-fill-seal machines. On the contrary, because they offer better aesthetics and high protection for semi-solid food items, thermoformed plastic cups have high adoption among large food and beverage companies.

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Packaging formats suitable with thermoform-fill-seal machines include, not only cups and trays, but also blisters. The adoption of blister packaging solutions is not limited to the pharmaceutical industry, but also by various consumer goods and packaged food companies. The rising preference among consumers for unit dose packaging solutions has driven the adoption of blister packaging solutions for multiple consumer goods.

Bottles (including vials) and ampoules produced on blow-fill-seal machines are highly preferred in the pharmaceutical industry. The adoption of form-fill-seal machines for beverage packaging is rapidly growing. The average selling price of form-fill-seal machines for production of bottles and ampoules is very high as majority of these machines are produced considering the strict pharmaceutical industry regulations and standards. Thus, large number of beverage and pharmaceutical companies prefer premade bottles and vials for packaging over adoption of form-fill-seal machines.

Blow-fill-seal and thermoform-fill-seal are two of the packaging machines falling under the family of form-fill-seal machines. Blow-fill-seal and thermoform-fill-seal machines are horizontal form-fill-seal machines and cost comparatively higher than vertical form-fill-seal machines. This has resulted into around 80% market share in terms of value of the horizontal form-fill-seal machines segment in 2019, which is projected to drop slightly by the end of 2027.

Consumers are readily advancing towards flexible packaging solutions, impacting the growth of segments such as bottles & ampoules, cups & trays, and blisters. On the other hand, the demand for vertical form-fill-seal machines is propelled by the consumer preference for flexible packaging solutions such as bags and pouches. Leading vertical form-fill-seal machine manufactures are making efforts for evolving the packaging design for flexible packaging formats using form-fill-seal machines. The cups & trays segment is expected to register the highest growth rate among all packaging type segments of form-fill-seal machines while the bags & pouches segment is projected to create the most lucrative potential for the form-fill-seal machines market across the globe.

Intolerance towards conventional plastic materials is one of the major factors impacting the global demand for form-fill-seal machines, as form-fill-seal machines are specifically suitable for the production of plastic packaging formats, rigid as well flexible. Vertical form-fill-seal machines require heat sealable plastic materials while blow-fill-seal and thermoform-fill-seal machines require heat moldable plastic materials. Thus, end-users are adopting alternate packaging materials such as paper, impacting the potential for form-fill-seal machines market globally.

Some of the key developments that took place in the global form-fill-seal machines market in recent years are

  • Industry 4.0, that is wireless connectivity established among machinery in a facility, is one of the most prominent trends rapidly gaining traction in the global form-fill-seal machines market.
  • Cost cutting in automated form-fill-seal machines to target small and medium manufacturing firms.
  • Form-fill-seal machine manufacturers developing machinery specifically for the packaging of pharmaceutical products owing to the rapid growth projected to be experienced by the pharmaceutical industry across the globe, specifically in emerging economies.

Some of the key form-fill-seal machines market players functioning in the global market are Tokyo Automatic Machinery Works Ltd, Uflex Ltd, Hunan Chinasun Pharmaceutical Machinery CO. Ltd., Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Serac Inc., GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, SIPA S.p.A, Sidel S.A, Velteko S.R.O., and Arpac LLC.

In this report, Transparency Market Research offers a 5-year historical analysis and an 8-year forecast of the global form-fill-seal machines market between 2014 and 2027. In terms of value, the global form-fill-seal machines market is expected to expand at a value CAGR of approximately 4% during the forecast period. The study reveals the dynamics of the form-fill-seal machines market in five geographic segments, along with market analysis for four key countries for the current market environment and future scenario over the forecast period of the global form-fill-seal machines market.

Report Description

This Transparency Market Research report studies the global form-fill-seal machines market for the period 2019–2027. The prime objective of this report is to offer insights and key market trends pertaining to the form-fill-seal machines market that are gradually helping transform global businesses.

The global form-fill-seal machines market report begins with the executive summary for various categories and their share in the form-fill-seal machines market. It is followed by the market background section, which includes market dynamics, an overview of the global packaging market, global packaging machinery market analysis, and TMR analysis of the market drivers, restraints, opportunity analysis, and trends that are affecting the growth of the form-fill-seal machines market. Furthermore, to understand the popularity of the various form-fill-seal machine segments, an attractiveness index and BPS analysis with elaborated insights on the same are provided, which show the market’s attractiveness based on factors such as CAGR, incremental opportunity, and estimated market share in 2019. To show the performance of the form-fill-seal machines market in each country and region, BPS and Y-o-Y growth analysis are provided.

The global market for form-fill-seal machines is further segmented by machine type, packaging type, end-user industry and region.

The next section of the report highlights the form-fill-seal machines market by region, and provides the market outlook for 2019–2027. The study investigates Y-o-Y growth regionally, as well as analyses the drivers that influence the regional form-fill-seal machines market. The main regions assessed in the form-fill-seal machines market report include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). The key country analysis for the form-fill-seal machines market includes the United States, China, India, and Japan. The report evaluates the present scenario and growth prospects of the regional form-fill-seal machines markets for 2019–2027.

To ascertain the size of the form-fill-seal machines market in terms of value and volume, the revenue generated by key manufacturers and their respective production capacities are taken into consideration. The forecast presented here assesses the total revenue generated by value, across the form-fill-seal machines market. In order to provide an accurate forecast, we initiated by sizing the current market, which forms the basis of how the form-fill-seal machines market is expected to develop in the future. Given the characteristics of the form-fill-seal machines market, we triangulated the outcome on the basis of three different types of analysis - based on supply side, downstream industry demand, and economic envelope. In addition, it is imperative to note that, in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyze the form-fill-seal machines market based on key parameters, such as year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth rates, to understand the predictability of the form-fill-seal machines market, and identify the right opportunities across the market.

The market segments for the global form-fill-seal machines market have been analyzed in terms of basis point share (BPS) to understand the individual segment’s relative contribution to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identifying various key trends in the form-fill-seal machines market. Another key feature of the global form-fill-seal machines market is the analysis of key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. Absolute dollar opportunity is critical for evaluating the scope of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a delivery perspective of the form-fill-seal machines market. The overall absolute dollar opportunity along with segmental split is mentioned in the global form-fill-seal machines market report.

Transparency Market Research has developed the 'Market Attractiveness Index' for the form-fill-seal machines market. The resulting index should help providers identify real market opportunities.

In the final section of the form-fill-seal machines market report, a 'dashboard view' of the companies is provided to compare the current industrial scenario and their contribution to the total form-fill-seal machines market. Moreover, it is primarily designed to provide clients with an objective and detailed comparative assessment of key form-fill-seal providers specific to a market segment. Report audiences can gain segment-specific manufacturer insights to identify and evaluate key competitors based on the in-depth assessment of their capabilities and success in the form-fill-seal machines marketplace. Key form-fill-seal machines market players profiled in the report include Tokyo Automatic Machinery Works Ltd, Uflex Ltd, Hunan Chinasun Pharmaceutical Machinery CO. Ltd., Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Serac Inc., GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, SIPA S.p.A, Sidel S.A, Velteko S.R.O., and Arpac LLC.

Form-fill-seal Machines Market Segmentation

By Machine Type

  • Horizontal
  • Vertical

By Packaging Type

  • Cups & Trays
  • Bags & Pouches
  • Bottles & Ampoules
  • Blisters
  • Others

By End-user Industry

  • Food
    • Dairy
    • Frozen/Chilled Food
    • Snacks
    • Ready Meals
    • Bakery & Conf.
    • Other Foods
  • Beverages
  • Pharma
  • Chemicals
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Benelux
    • Nordic
    • Russia
    • Poland
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC Countries
    • North Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • U.S.
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